FIRE & BUILDING CODE INSPEC 1* -04292020-8896
LOCATION OF (1) POSITION TO BE FILLED: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND INSURANCE, FIRE PREVENTION DIVISION, SHELBY COUNTY
Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree
Substitution of a Specific Associate's Degree for the Required Bachelor's Degree: Graduation from an accredited college, university, or technical institute with an associate's degree in fire-protection engineering technology, fire science, engineering technology, and/or construction technology may be substituted for the required Bachelor's degree.
Substitution of Experience for Education: Qualifying full-time experience in one or a combination of the following areas may substitute for the required education on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of four years: (1) fire prevention or suppression, (2) engineering or architecture (3) reviewing architectural or engineering plans to determine compliance with fire and building safety codes (4) construction project management (5) arson investigation of commercial or residential building structures; (6) fire or building inspections or design for buildings under construction; or (7) any skilled work in drafting, carpentry, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, inspection; (8) or other related building maintenance or construction trades (e.g., experience equivalent to one year of full-time work in one or a combination of the above listed fields may substitute for one year of the required education).
Graduation from an accredited college, university, or technical institute with an associate's degree and experience equivalent to one year of full-time work in one or a combination of the following: (1) fire prevention or suppression, (2) engineering or architecture (3) reviewing architectural or engineering plans to determine compliance with fire and building safety codes (4) construction project management (5) arson investigation of commercial or residential building structures; (6) fire or building inspections or design for buildings under construction; or (7) any skilled work in drafting, carpentry, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, inspection; (8) or other related building maintenance or construction trades.
- Possess a valid motor vehicle operator license.
Examination Method: Education and Experience, 100%, for Preferred Service positions.
Distinguishing Features: This is the entry-level class in the Fire and Building Code Inspector series. An employee in this class inspects building structures for fire hazards and code violations. This class is flexibly staffed with and differs from Fire and Building Code Inspector 2 in that an incumbent of the latter functions independently at the working level.
- An applicant appointed to this flexibly staffed class will be reclassified to the next higher class in the series after successful completion of a mandatory one year training period; inadequate or marginal performance during the training period will result in automatic demotion or termination.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Materials:
- Trains to inspect and witnesses the installation and testing of fire protection or fire detection systems to verify that such systems are installed in accordance with appropriate state laws, codes, regulations, standards, and department rules.
- Learns to inspect the installation of foundations, floors, walls, roofs, mechanical and electrical systems, and plumbing systems to verify that such systems are installed in accordance with appropriate state laws, codes, regulations, standards, and department rules.
- Trains to conduct required annual fire and building code compliance inspections to ensure compliance with state laws, codes, regulations, standards, and department rules.
- Learns to inspect blasting sites, materials, and surrounding area to determine whether a blast is in compliance with state laws, codes, regulations, standards, and department rules.
- Learns to conduct inspections prompted by complaints to determine whether violations have occurred.
- Trains to conduct fire code compliance follow-up inspections to ensure that corrective actions have been taken in cases where violations were found.
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others:
- May be required to thoroughly explain details of inspections and reports by testifying under oath to judges, district attorneys, grand juries, or commissioners in depositions, court, and/or departmental or regulatory board hearings.
- Learns to interpret codes and code violations for external customers.
Providing Consultation and Advice to Others:
- Learns to explain code violations and recommend changes needed to meet codes.
- Learns to confer with owners and authorities to explain codes, standards, rules, regulations and recommend resolutions.
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:
- Learns to inspect location and conditions of major building systems components (e.g., electrical systems, mechanical systems, plumbing) to determine suitability and conformance with state laws.
- Learns to review architectural and engineering construction plans for buildings to determine compliance with state laws, rules, codes, regulations, and standards.
- Learns to identify and investigate complaint allegations to determine potential violations of state laws, codes, regulations, department rules, and standards.
- Learns to evaluate blasting sites to determine compliance with blasting standards, including material storage, signage, and other requirements.
- Learns to evaluate blasting records to determine whether ground and/or air vibrations have exceeded statutory limits.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:
- Obtains required fire safety certification.
- Reviews state laws, codes, rules, regulations, and standards to identify standard occupancy type and other requirements (e.g. height, area, sprinkler systems) for buildings, building systems, or fire safety equipment.
- Stays up-to-date with technological changes, including those in building elements, fire alarm systems and suppression systems that may affect the application of codes.
- Reviews changes in codes, standards, and rules when changes occur to maintain compliance.
- Attends approved trainings.
- Learns to calculate building area and occupant load of a given space.
- Learns to calculate weight of explosives related to blasting.
Controlling Machines and Processes:
- Learns to operate seismograph in the performance of inspection duties.
Monitoring Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:
- Learns to monitor seismograph in the performance of inspection duties.
Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information:
- Learns to measure ground vibrations and air vibrations related to blasting.
- Learns to estimate the occupant load of a building.
- Measures distances, sizes, decibels, and lighting in the course of inspections.
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:
- Learns to discuss fire safety, building code requirements, and policy and procedure changes with architects, engineers, and building administrators to educate the public.
- Learns to correspond with building owners, architects, or engineers regarding standard violations and methods that could bring a building or building system in compliance with state laws, codes, and regulations.
- Learns to communicate with persons engaging in construction or blasting activity to implement corrective measures, which may include delivering stop-work orders.
- Learns to correspond with the general public regarding fire safety or construction violations made by contractors, architects, engineers, or building administrators.
- Learns to communicate with other government agencies, including state agencies and local government, related to codes or blasting activity.
- Learns to explain blasting regulations to complainants.
- Learns to conduct meetings on fire safety and prevention upon completion of training.
Interacting with Computers:
- Uses office productivity software, such as the Microsoft Office Suite, in the performance of job responsibilities.
- Uses mobile devices, including phones and tablets, in the course of inspections.
- Learns to search databases for relevant building information.
- Builds inspection-related knowledge base through on-the-job training and coordination with Departmental staff.
- Learns to gather appropriate documentation and reports from engineers, contractors and sub-contractors to ensure that facilities are built to design specifications and all applicable codes and regulations are met.
- Learns to gather work-related information, including building data and work queues, from relevant databases.
- Receives information related to safety issues or deficiencies from complainants, building owners, and other external customers.
- Learns to request relevant reports from architects, engineers, or other personnel to gather detailed data (e.g., test reports, licenses, shot reports and seismographic data, blasting records).
- Gathers responses related to plans of corrective action, including timelines and progress.
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:
- Learns to resolve minor disputes without supervisory input.
- Maintains a respectful and productive work environment within the work unit to minimize disputes and facilitate performance.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:
- Organizes and prioritizes personal workload to meet timeliness expectations.
- Incorporates last minute and unscheduled tasks into current workload to ensure timely and accurate completion of work.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:
- Provides information to supervisors and co-workers by telephone, in written form, through e-mail or in person.
- Communicates with leadership to determine inspection schedule.
- Provides inspection reports to supervisory chain for review and approval during training period.
- Coordinates with leadership to determine inspection schedule.
Scheduling Work and Activities:
- Schedules simple inspections, including, but not limited to routine inspections, annual inspections, and inspections prompted by complaints.
- Arranges work schedule upon completion of training.
- Schedules meetings on fire safety and prevention.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment:
- Operates vehicle in performance of job duties.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:
- Develops constructive and cooperative working relationships with contractors, local officials, designers, and other personnel and maintains them over time.
Performing General Physical Activities:
- Performing physical activities that require use of your arms and legs, and movement your whole body, such as climbing, balancing, walking, and stooping.
Performing Administrative Activities:
- Learns to retrieve files, work queues, and relevant information from electronic filing and workflow system.
- Learns to enter payable time and leave into electronic database.
- Maintains daily log and inspection records.
- Learns to enter travel authorizations and reimbursement requests into electronic database.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:
- Learns to identify milestones in construction progress.
- Learns to classify building occupancy, types of construction, and building materials.
- Learns to review a variety of records and reports such as technical reports on design and construction.
- Learns to review a variety of records and reports documenting state laws, codes, regulations, rules, and standard violations.
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- Social Perceptiveness
- Systems Evaluation
- Oral Comprehension
- Written Comprehension
- Oral Expression
- Speech Recognition
- Time Sharing
- Speech Clarity
- Problem Sensitivity
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- Fax Machine
- Copy Machine
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- Smart Phone
- Decibel Reader
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